New Jersey, United States

The Asbury Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$125.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD133.59), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Spruced Springsteen

Setting

Off the boardwalk

An imposing red-brick retreat converted from a Salvation Army building, The Asbury Hotel is a creative’s hangout with a beach in reach. Upstairs, rooms are clean-lined and welcoming, decorated with bold monochrome posters nodding to the city’s rich musical past. Downstairs, the lobby bar is a watering hole for musos, moochers and socialites. In the summer, this laid-back bolthole becomes a gathering place for Jersey Shore’s bright young things, thanks to a beer garden, rooftop cinema and spirited pool parties.

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A bottle of wine in your room and two free drinks at Soundbooth, the Pool Bar or Beer Truck

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

110, including seven suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $125.00, excluding tax at 6.875 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 8% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD133.59), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude an à la carte breakfast of yoghurt, fruit salads, parfaits, chia seed puddings and breakfast sandwiches (dishes from $2.50).

Also

Expect welcoming, on-the-ball service: the hotel runs Salt School, an intensive 10-week hospitality course for the local community. The rooftop comes alive in the summer with yoga classes in the morning and film projections at night. With board games, a pinball machine, a pool table and a winter ice rink, there’s plenty here for unrepentant kidults.

At the hotel

Outdoor cinema, beer garden, ping-pong tables, music library, bicycles for hire, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, Malin + Goetz toiletries. All suites and Family King rooms have a Nespresso machine, an iPod dock and a fridge.

Our favourite rooms

Pared-down and light-filled, rooms at the Asbury Hotel have a pleasing graphic aesthetic, with bold patterned rugs and black-and-white photos of musical greats. If you’re still answering emails on your getaway, Deluxe Kings have a seating nook and a desk; opt for a Suite if you’d rather lose your train of thought in panoramic sea views. Kitted out with eight bunk beds, two showers and lockable lockers, Octo’s a laid-back hideout for a grown-up sleepover.

Poolside

Flaunt golden limbs and breeze-tousled hair at the pool, a heated open-air number open in the spring and summer. Colourful cushions, sunloungers and swing chairs are plentiful, but you’ll have to stake your claim early if you want to lounge the afternoon away in one of the cabanas.

Packing tips

Keep things cool and casual for the beach (breton tops, denim shorts and flat leather sandals will do the trick), but pack a collared shirt or two, and some curlers and false eyelashes for an evening nod to Jersey Shore style.

Also

The hotel has seven rooms equipped with wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, as well as rooms fitted with doorbells for guests with vision or hearing impairments.

Pet‐friendly

Furry friends are welcome here: the hotel can provide dog beds, bowls and treats. They’re free to roam in the lobby, beer garden pool area and rooms. Pet stays of any length cost $75, half of which is donated to a local pet shelter. See more pet-friendly hotels in New Jersey.

Children

Welcome. Ask at booking about having a free sleeping teepee added to your room.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If you’re just here for the music, grab a seat on the bleachers in Soundbooth; in the summer, perch high on a bar stool in Salvation for unbeatable views.

Dress Code

This is no place to wander around in flip-flops and baseball caps: Salvation’s dress code discourages sportswear after 9pm, so opt for something sharp and tailored instead.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but coffee-and-juice bar The Counter serves home-made pastries, rustled-up-to-order sandwiches and colourful salads. Try the New Jersey pork roll, a carnivore’s dream of bacon, cheeses, turkey sausage and eggs bookended by freshly baked bread. In the spring and summer, the Food Truck makes a casual pit-stop for comforting staples such as gourmet hot dogs, burgers, fries and onion rings.

Hotel bar

Plan to stay in for the night: the hotel wholeheartedly embraces Asbury’s music scene, a proud hand-me-down from the Seventies. Lobby bar Soundbooth keeps a packed calendar of events – a rotating roster of bands, singer-songwriters, drag-queen karaoke and open mics. Cocktails are tongue-in-cheek: try the Asbury Painkiller (the hotel’s take on a Long Island iced tea) or a fruity Tea Dance. Come spring and summer, head up to the eighth-floor Salvation bar for killer rooftop views and tequila-based tipples. Locally crafted, thirst-quenching beers are served from the Beer Truck – a converted Volkswagen camper van  in the seasonal Beer Garden (opening around Memorial Day).

Last orders

Breakfast is available all day. The Counter is open 6am–7pm Mon - Thurs (midnight on Fri & Sat, 9pm on Sun). The bars open at 11am; Soundbooth and Salvation close at midnight (2am Fri - Sun); Beer Garden at 8pm. Salvation and the Beer Truck are seasonal.

Location

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Address
The Asbury Hotel
210 5th Ave
Asbury Park
07712
Asbury Park
United States

Planes

A 55-minute drive from the hotel, Newark Airport is a major hub for international and domestic flights. LaGuardia and JFK are both an hour and a half away, though traffic and time of day can greatly affect travel times.

Trains

Asbury Park Train Station, a five-minute drive from the hotel, serves New Jersey Transit (www.njtransit.com) trains to New York City and Jersey City.

Automobiles

Valet parking is available for $20 a night (plus tax); there’s also metred and residential parking in the streets around the hotel. If you’re bringing your own wheels, get off the Garden State Parkway at exit 102.

Worth getting out of bed for

A historic resort town within easy reach of New York, Asbury Park has weathered downturns with plucky persistence. Its boardwalk pavilions, Victorian houses and a former seafront casino have enduring nostalgic appeal. Take a walk along the shore for a taste of New Jersey’s old-school pleasures; in the summer, you’ll find beach chairs and umbrellas for hire on the sands. The Silverball Pinball Museum is an all-flicking, all-blinking ode to the thrill of the game with 600 machines in rotation, some dating back to the turn of the century. In town, Cookman Avenue is a destination for must-try dining, boutique browsing and offbeat pastimes. Drop in at Hot Sand for a crash-course in glass-blowing or settle down in front of an easel with a glass of wine at Uncorked for a few hours of painting and sipping. Packed with classics, hard-to-find oddities and new releases, Hold Fast Records is a home away from home for vinyl enthusiasts.

Local restaurants

Talula’s tempting pizzas are perfect circles of wood-fired goodness. The three friends who own this bakery-cum-restaurant may have started out with a backyard home-built oven, but their inventive sourdough concoctions leave little to be desired. Head to Bangs Avenue for some mouthwatering Mexican fare at the stylish Barrio Costero. Based on what he can find at local markets, chef Anthony Bustamante puts a creative spin on traditional coastal Mexican dishes. Book ahead for a sea-facing table at Stella Marina to savour charcuterie platters, home-made meatballs and perfectly crisp tarts.

Local cafés

The clue’s in the name at Toast, but griddled pancakes are on the menu too (we have our eye on the cake-inspired red velvet and carrot stacks). Cardinal dishes out hearty comfort breakfasts and brunches: order house-cured gravlax, a breakfast burrito and pecorino-dusted home fries, then spend the rest of the day in a blissed-out food coma. If you’re out and about drop in to Mogo for Korean-flavoured tacos and fried chicken to take to the beach.

Local bars

No stay on the shore would be complete without a visit to The Stone Pony, Asbury Park’s live music venue famed for launching Bruce Springsteen’s career. Drop in for cover bands, up-and-coming local acts and summertime headliners. Beach Bar is the city’s see-and-be-scene hangout: rum comes in party-worthy buckets, and the people-watching is second-to-none.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this seaside hotel in Asbury Park and unpacked their high heels and designer bags, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Asbury Hotel in New Jersey…

The first new stay to open in 50 years, the Asbury Hotel is synonymous with Jersey Shore’s inspired post-slump makeover. Taking its cues from Asbury Park’s rich Victorian and rock ‘n’ roll histories, this seaside hideout is as cool as it is cosseting. Anda Andrei – who designed Soho’s 11 Howard – has worked her magic here, transforming the lobby of a disused Salvation Army building into a plant-filled hub for live music, open mics and sociable games of ping-pong and pinball. There may not be a restaurant on site, but there are plenty of tantalising options nearby at the city’s iconic boardwalk. Best of all, the hotel is anchored in the local community: the graffiti on the walls is by local artist Porkchop, baked goods at the Counter come from Confections of a Rock$tar and fresh flowers arrive daily from a nearby florist.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Asbury Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The convenience.

Don’t expect

Service of any sort. There's an insufficient number of elevators and one broke down while we were on it with two toddlers. There's a shortage of luggage carts, long lines for checkout and we had a broken bathroom door and shower soap dispenser. It was extremely noisy, with dogs barking all night.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2017

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